Cooking oil is one of the most common culinary ingredients you’ll find in American homes. It’s used in countless dishes, but what exactly does it do?
The main purpose of using cooking oil is to quickly transfer heat to the food that’s being cooked. This is why frying is usually quicker than other cooking methods, such as boiling and roasting. Cooking oil has good tolerance against high temperatures, which means it doesn’t boil or break down right away.
In addition, cooking oil can provide additional flavor, depending on what it’s made of, and bring out the fat-soluble nutrients in other ingredients. When used in baking, it can help with moisture retention, as well as leavening and tenderizing the ingredients. Despite these advantages, the main issue with cooking oil (especially vegetable oil) is that when it is heated, it releases trans fat, free radicals and toxins that can leach into your food and wreak havoc on your health.
Why You Should Avoid Vegetable Oils Like the Plague
Vegetable oils are one of the unhealthiest oils you can consume, rich in trans fat, a synthetic fatty acid that inhibits the body’s production of prostacyclin, a factor that keeps blood flowing smoothly. If your body cannot produce enough prostacyclin, blood clots can form in arteries, increasing risk of heart disease.
Vegetable oils contain trans fat because they are hydrogenated, a process where hydrogen gas is forced into the oil at a high pressure during manufacturing. These methods are used by companies to extend the shelf life of their products, at the cost of our health.
Furthermore, vegetable oils produce oxidized cholesterol when heated, increasing thromboxane formation, a factor that clots your blood. In light of this information, here’s a list of good oils and bad oils.
- Olive – Contains healthy fatty acids that can lower your risk of heart disease, and breast disease in women
- Grass-fed butter – contains many nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E and K2, and contains various minerals
- Peanut – contains high levels of omega-6, unheated it is high in antioxidants
- Sesame – high in omega-6, and benefits if you are diabetic. Consume in small amounts unheated
- Coconut – best cooking oil to use with various health benefits.
COOKING WITH COCONUT OIL, ONE OF THE BEST OILS YOU CAN USE
Coconut oil has been getting plenty of attention lately, and rightfully so. I believe it’s one of the best things you can add to your diet because it can help optimize your health in so many ways. I use it to cook, bake, and even as my body moisturizer. It’s benefits are amazing for:
- Cardiovascular Health
- Energy Boost
- Weight Management
- Antimicrobial Properties
- Oral Health
Treat Yourself Well!